Water garden is a beautiful aquatic ecosystem that you cultivate. Water gardening involves the care and nurturing of an aquatic ecosystem. Confusion often arises with words like a pond, water feature, fountain, bog, and koi pond in the same context as a water garden. To avoid confusion, I divide this article into the following topics: water features, water gardens, and specialized ponds.
Water gardens expand on our feature’s theme by introducing the element of life. The aquatic ecosystem’s vibrancy transforms a sterile water feature into a dynamic water garden. Moving from a feature to a garden, you strive for a healthy environment for a wide variety of organisms.
Water gardens can take many of the same forms as water features. A few water hyacinths added to a bowl-and-fountain unit create a different look and feel to space. Not only do plants add color through the foliage and blooms, but butterflies, bees, and dragonflies become regular visitors. While water gardens exist in many types and forms, here I consider three categories for our discussion.